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INSIDECOSTARICA.COM CENTRAL AMERICA NEWS | Wednesday 20 October 2010

Rising Criminality in Honduras

TEGUCIGALPA -  Every 88 minutes a person dies a victim of extreme violence in Honduras, where the homicide rate soared in recent months, reported on Tuesday the National Human Rights Commissioner (CONADEH).

According to the document published Tuesday by the ombudsman, Ramon Custodio, the situation in the country has worsened compared to previous years, when the rate was 8.7 violent deaths per day.

That figure doubled in the first quarter of 2010 to an average of 16.7 murders daily.

Custodio said that the increase in crime was exacerbated by the recent massacres in northern Honduras, which remain unpunished due to "lack of decision, ineffectiveness, inefficiency, lack of resources and even negligence."

Last September 7 suspected members of the Mara 18 gang (M-18) and Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) shot at a shoe factory in the city of San Pedro Sula (North), killing 18 workers.

More recently, on October 15, six youths, aged between 22 and 30 years, were also massacred in the same city.

San Pedro Sula is among the continent's most violent cities, with an average of 119 murders per 100,000 inhabitants, while the world average is eight.

 

 

 

 
 
 
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